Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: George Creel; Getting the Job Done

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

George Creel; Getting the Job Done

"Do not discuss in public, or with strangers, any news of troop and transport movements, of bits of gossip as to our military preparations, which come into your possession....You are in contact with the enemy today, just as truly as if you faced him across No Man's Land. In your hands are two powerful weapons with which to meet him--discretion and vigilance. Use them." (Committee on Public Information, 1914)

The "Spies and Lies" excerpt from the Cartoons of Hatred packet really revealed how well George Creel was working to gain support for WWI from the general public. This quote shows how the Committee on Public Information was making everyone feel like they were fighting this war and they all needed to work together for America's success.

The nationalism and patriotism that was going on in America during WWI is greatly highlighted by ads, flyers, and notices from George Creel and his committee. George Creel helped make the average citizen feel like a soldier, and this truly helped government gain the publics support of the war.

George Creel did his job, and he did it well.

2 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. (Try to have images relate directly to post. Could you have found an image of the document you are discussing, or at least described it?)

The fear of spies in our midst was a powerful message of WWI propaganda. How does this fear of espionage at home help to bring the population into the war emotionally?

2/23/2009 8:10 PM  
Blogger Jeroslyn J said...

I was actually just looking for a photo that had George Creel's name on it, or had something to do with the CPI. In my blog post this week I talk about the fear of spies and immigrants during the war.

2/26/2009 1:51 PM  

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